Word games have since been a favorite of mine, from playing with alliteration to running pun jokes into the ground. Having married a “wordy,” my kids don't stand a chance. Playing with language is a common pastime around our home, in the car and sitting in the dentist's waiting room. Which, when you think about it, makes sense since the English language is so vast, and well, it's all around us every day.
Playing with language keeps us sharp, and helps us to hone our crafts. And, as parents, we enjoy passing on the fun with our kids because it entertains them while teaching them at the same time. For Christmas, I bought my wife a copy of Richard Lederer's book, The Play of Words: Fun and Games for Language Lovers. Over the last week, we've been traveling from one holiday event to another and the word fun hasn't stopped. We've played games with metaphors, logic, cliches and many more, and the kids are enjoying them and participating just as much as we are.
If you've ever said a phrase like “dead as a doornail” and then wondered just exactly where that came from, you're a “wordy,” too. The English language is so interesting, and sometimes bizarre, that is just begs to be enjoyed.